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Poster: svengun Date: Oct 11, 2007 11:38am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: What is is about this stuff?

I've been thinking lately, some 28 years after I first encountered the Dead's music, that I still can't get a handle on why I'm still so hooked on this stuff. It's like something got into my blood, like a virus, when I first heard it. I instantly liked it, I really can't put my finger on just why, I just know I do. The 'ol lady hates this stuff, so I listen in secret at work (headphones on as I write this listening to the 5/1/81 Hampton AUD). From all of the posts I have read here since I found this wonderful place where I'm so happy I can get my fix of Jer and the boys, that I'm not alone. There's a bunch of you who post and probably even more who just tune out (literally not figuratively) because we just can't get enough.

So, what do you all think, why are you hooked? Is it the jam, Jerry's guitar, the overall sound?

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Oct 11, 2007 11:50am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What is is about this stuff?

tough call with many factors. If I had to pinpoint I'd say it was because of taping that I was "hooked". I think I was able to learn their live catalog sooner because of it. It took a while but once I got enough shows I could not only pick my favorites but also know the tunes when they were played in concert

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Oct 11, 2007 12:52pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What is is about this stuff?

For me it was never just the music. While the music is what first attracted me, it was the people that really sucked me in. That first concert, wading into the street carnival that was the parking lot scene and meeting huge numbers of friendly and generous people from all over the country left an impression on me that I hold dear to this day. Folks like the majority of you here cannot easily be found in day to day life, and having a singular point around which we can all gather and share a common love is something I have not found anywhere else (no, gathering at a sports bar and arguing over fantasy football is NOT the same thing). This also may explain why we are so touchy about perceived threats to the community. If we were to ever lose this sense of family and belonging, I think we would all be lesser for it.

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Poster: WHARFRAT Date: Oct 11, 2007 1:42pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What is is about this stuff?

Bingo SDH, I always loved the scene as well as the tunes.
Very well said as usual. I used to love going up to MSG.
No parking lot there. Hundred's of heads walking around
Amongst all the suite's and ties and tourist wondering
what the hell was going on. Good tunes, Good people and
some damn fine times!!

Stangers stopping strangers just to shake their hand!!!

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Poster: mcgannahan Date: Oct 11, 2007 3:23pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What is is about this stuff?

i was drivin down a back road one summer as a teenager, and i had a stack of cd's in my back seat. i reached back and grabbed without looking first, and what do i have here? this bloody red lettering on a black bacround with some morbid skeleton staring at me. what's this? i don't remember buying this thing. oh, yeah, the bunch of bmg cd's i ordered for a penny a piece! it was that two disc best of the dead thingie. hmmm, what the heck, i'll pop it in and see what happens. such a weird representation of the band's music was conveyedto me on this album, it at least piqued my curiousity for more. led me to american beauty, and of course, after am beauty, need i say more? that record changed my life. the kind, sweet, acoustic, mellow dead was instilled in my soul. jerry's voice was a soothing inspiration to me. opened me up to whole new worlds of meaning . i'm 16, i'm a dumb kid at the time, but i received the dead's message and took it to heart, long after the album was done playing. i dropped lsd, lost my virginity, while dark star from live dead swirled around my bedroom one night. do not underestimate the power of the spirit of the dead.

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Poster: WHARFRAT Date: Oct 11, 2007 5:15pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What is is about this stuff?

Now that was a real nice story man!!

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Poster: AshesRising Date: Oct 12, 2007 1:04am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What is is about this stuff? ....."Crazy" ....."Fingers"

Crazy Fingers
Lyrics: Robert Hunter
Music: Jerry Garcia

Your rain falls like crazy fingers
Peals of fragile thunder
Keeping time
Recall the days that still are to come
Some sing blue

Hang your heart on laughing willow
Stray down to the water
Deep sea of love
Beneath the sweet calm face of the sea
Swift undertow

Life may be sweeter for this, I don't know
See how it feels in the end
May Lady Lullaby sing plainly for you
Soft, strong, sweet and true

Cloud hands reaching from a rainbow
Tapping at the window
Touch your hair
So swift and bright, strange figures of light
Float in air

Who can stop what must arrive now?
Something new is waiting
To be born
Dark as the night you're still by my side
Shining side

Gone are the days we stopped to decide
Where we should go, we just ride
Gone are the broken eyes we saw through in dreams
Gone, both dream and lie

Life may be sweeter for this, I don't know
Feels like it might be alright
While Lady Lullaby sings plainly for you
Love still rings true

Midnight on a carousel ride
Reaching for the gold ring
Down inside
Never could reach it, just slips away
But I try
[@Robert Hunter, 1968-2007]
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--- AshesRising

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Poster: blacklakelight Date: Oct 12, 2007 7:59am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What is is about this stuff? .....'Crazy' .....'Fingers'



For me, a big part of it is the fact that it is a truly singular experience. "They're the only ones who do what they do." I listen to a wildly eclectic variety of music and don't categorically deny the validity of any genre, but, as a rule, I really don't like "jam bands." Which works out nicely, as I don't consider the Dead to be a jam band. What kind of music do they play? They play the Grateful Dead. Not to be all cryptic and shit, but they really are a truly different breed.

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Poster: Lou Davenport Date: Oct 11, 2007 3:38pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What is is about this stuff?

For me...

1) It's damned good music, played by some of the most practiced and creative musicians in the business.

2) By design, they played so it's different every time. Good as the Rolling Stones were/are, would one really debate the ten best live versions of Jumping Jack Flash in their history?

3) Because they concertized so much, they had an intuitive feel for each other, the results of which are a joy to hear.

4) Sketchy as Jerry's voice was, it had a heartfelt fragility that nicely complemented the warm emotionality of his lyrics.

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or Staffbrewster Date: Oct 11, 2007 12:13pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What is is about this stuff?

I got hooked through this archive. I went to some shows and had some cassettes, but it took having a community good feel, the Grateful Dead proving new ground for peaceful distribution of music, and familiar songs that sound great.

So I am a new dead fan in my 40's.

Thank you GD, tapers, and fans-- makes a great community.

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Poster: high flow Date: Oct 11, 2007 12:20pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What is is about this stuff?

Hi Brewster! I had no idea you enjoyed GD. Huh!

Thanks for letting us all in on yer secret, and thanks for the Archive. It's fabulous.

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Oct 11, 2007 12:22pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What is is about this stuff?

didnt know you were into GD, brewster!!! great work with the site here - i, for one, am "grateful"!

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Poster: snori Date: Oct 11, 2007 12:30pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What is is about this stuff?

Can't put it into words, the music just carries me away.

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Poster: svengun Date: Oct 11, 2007 12:28pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What is is about this stuff?

yeah - what dire said - I don't know what you do for this site, but I too am very grateful, thanks to you and all your colleagues for this site!

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Poster: barongsong Date: Oct 11, 2007 11:50am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What is is about this stuff?

All of the above plus a few more but basically it was and is music that touches the soul and to have found that I think we are truly blissed.

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Poster: fireeagle Date: Oct 11, 2007 4:54pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What is is about this stuff?

it´s the bliss and the cosmic energy and the good feeling

it´s me & my uncle going down the road feelin bad, smoking sugar magnolia, after dark star, into sunshine daydream

it´s GOOD VIBES

basically




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